rafting the upper colorado river
i like to get outside on the weekends - #chacosaturday. earlier this summer, a group of friends and i headed up to blm land outside of kremmling, colorado on a friday after work to float the upper colorado river. we camped on the mesa above the pumphouse (these gps coordinates: 39°59'36.7"N, -106°29'37.9"W).
saturday morning we woke up early, dropped a car at the take out and put in at pumphouse around 11am. we floated from pumphouse to just below rancho del rio. we had a big group with a 4 person raft, two sups and a few miscellaneous tubes. we packed dry bags with food, and had a floating cooler with beers and a bag of wine. it was amazing. it took forever because the river is low and there were headwinds. but stop at radium hot springs along the way and just enjoy every rapid and beer shotgun.
if you're lucky enough like us - you will catch the train going by the river and get it to blow its horn. this sounds silly but it was so beautiful and the highlight of my float.
you can easily camp where we did - just check to see if there is a fire ban before starting a campfire. you'll need at least two high clearance awd vehicles and a few drivers. our friend gus was nice enough to not only guide the whole adventure but also be the dd.
a few things i learned: breakfast burritos are the best camping meals, bring a ton of water, and a cozy sweater and socks. my feet are always cold when camping high up in colorado. and wear a lifejacket because rivers aren't jokes (i even wore a helmet). it's a recipe for a great weekend, just go in july or august an hope for a bluebird day.